Pyjama Drive returns for another year

Now accepting donations for 2017 Christmas Hampers

The Pyjama Drive is back for its third season.

What first began as a selfless idea between friends has now turned into a city-wide campaign.

Back in 2014, current organizer Lexie Ast and a group of friends were talking about Christmas and having a party.

“And I said instead of exchanging gifts, how about we donate pyjamas to the food bank, since all of our kids have toys anyways,” recalls Ast.

That year, a friend took the reigns and asked family and friends for help.

The Pyjama Drive was such a success that the Food Bank asked if they could run it again.

Ast’s friend wasn’t able to, so she took over.

In 2015, the Pyjama Drive was introduced to the public.

“The first year was amazing,” said Ast. “The response was immediate and huge. I got loads of donations from individuals, from people who owned businesses and was able to outfit quite a few kids.”

The Pyjama Drive accepts donations of new pyjamas, underwear and socks for newborns to teens. The donations are included in the Christmas Hampers that the food bank offers.

In 2015, Ast said that about 80 kids received donations. In 2016, that number went up to 90.

She estimates there will be even more of a need this year.

“Times are hard for a lot of people,” she said.

Ast is a supporter of the non-consumerism movement.

She said that a pair of pyjamas carries more worth for a child than a toy.

“A lot of kids find that they have tons of toys, but they’re wearing clothes that are hand-me-downs that have holes in them or whatever,” she said. “It’s just such a nice feeling to have something of your own that’s brand new and you can cuddle in every night.”

The Pyjama Drive is accepting donations until Dec. 15 at three locations in Revelstoke: HUB International Insurance, the Revelstoke Library and Begbie View Elementary School.


 

@marissatiel
marissa.tiel@revelstokereview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

Revelstoke Council continues support of chartered flight for 2019

Chartered flights between Revelstoke and Vancouver will again be offered come winter.… Continue reading

Falkland artist favours, fights for fish

Lottie Kozak does all kinds of art; one of her favourite subjects, fish, is dwindling

NDP executive steps down in North Okanagan Shuswap

in-house ‘spending scandal’ blamed for Saturday’s resignation decision

Vernon second-degree murder suspect found not criminally responsible

Angelo Gabriel Monfort’s matter will be put to the British Columbia Review Board

Penticton man dies in Lavington train incident

Sunday afternoon incident claims 25 year old

Canada won’t ‘play politics’ on U.S. migrant children policy

The U.S. government is under fire over its ”zero tolerance” policy

Former Somali child refugee fights to stay in Canada

Former child refugee Abdoul Abdi’s judicial review set for today in Halifax

U.S. border separations ripple through midterm campaigns

Several Republicans to break from President Donald Trump amid boarder separation issues

AFN chief accused of being too close to Trudeau

Perry Bellegarde insists he is not that close to the Liberals as elections looms

Three injured after industrial explosion in Newfoundland

The roof of the warehouse was blown off in the explosion near St. John’s

Ottawa Senators trade Mike Hoffman, less than a week after allegations involving partner

Following the trade Senators make no mention of allegations against Hoffman’s partner

UPDATED: Oliver wildfire extinguished, B.C. Wildfire mopping up

6-ha. brush fire contained before it could spread farther

Late goal gives England 2-1 win over Tunisia

At the last World Cup in 2014, England couldn’t even win a game

Canadian military police officer pleads not guilty to sex assault

Sgt. Kevin MacIntyre, 48, entered his plea today at a court martial proceeding in Halifax

Most Read